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Sep 3, 2013 09:39 AM

What companies make the best food processors

If you were to name two companies that make the best Food Processors, who would they be?

IE: If we were asking who makes the best blenders, Vitamix would surely be on many peoples list, who are the king/s of food processor manufacturing.

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    1. re: JayL

      Agreed. Robot coupe is the vitaprep of processors. No question about it.

      1. re: JayL

        Clearly the Robot Coupe is the premium go-to food processor for commercial use, they look really industrial.

        I was actually meaning for home use, and you must forgive me because i was not aware chow had so many pro/commercial users.

        If you were to try and get an easy to clean food processor for home use, but one that will last for 10 years not 10 uses... and perhaps a few hundred less than the prices for Robot Coupe... any suggestions?

        1. re: Sneef

          Try checking out restaurant supply stores, they sometimes have used ones for sale, don't worry, even used it will outlive you.

          1. re: TeRReT

            I do not have this luxury. I am not in the USA. I am not in a civilized and normal country. I live in Asia where they would rather use junk.

          2. re: Sneef

            Try looking for Magimix. It is the home version of the Robot Coupe. Still manufactured by RC in France.



        2. Agree completely, Robot Coupe is my first and second choice.

          1. Consumer Reports just rated the new FP from Breville at the top of their list. I bought the Cuisinart Elite with a 14 C Bowl, an 8, and a 4. It is very powerful and they have almost eliminated the spill over problem. I can now do a lot more liquids in it.

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            1. re: Candy

              List of what exactly?

              The OP asked for the best.

              If the OP would like to limit the answers, they need to re-word their question.

              1. re: JayL

                Food processors, the OP wasn't asking about toasters.

                1. re: Candy

                  Of course food processors...but I doubt CR tested all, or even the best. And that was my point.

              2. re: Candy

                That doesn't surprise me - I own three Breville appliances (smart oven, stand mixer, and juicer) and they are far and away the best made, best performing versions of these items I've ever used. I have a 30 year old Cuisinart food processor that's still going strong, but if it ever dies I'll be taking a close look at the Breville.

              3. I have a very old Cuisinart, made by Robot Coupe, that I would not trade for anything. But it's my understanding that Cuisinart FPs are no longer made by RC. Same deal as the original Kitchen Aid mixers, made by Hobart. Took me a long time to get a good deal on one on eBay.

                1. Most agree that Robot Coupe is the best, but theirs may be overkill for many home cooks.

                  It like buying a Formula 1 racer for your next car.

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                  1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                    It may be overkill but I find them on ebay often going for less than top of line consumer food processors.

                    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                      Again, the OP asked for the best without giving us the intended use.

                      Overkill for home use? Yes, but I like overkill.

                      I have an R2 in my cupboard.

                        1. re: JayL

                          I was not thinking when i posted, i am so used to Amazon where everyone will assume it is for home use.

                          It is indeed for home use, but i want the best and this Robot Coupe certainly gets a repeated +++ from people.

                          Home use, but i tend to buy commercial grade stuff for my home.

                        2. re: Chemicalkinetics

                          I don't know much about mixers but for anyone not racing Formula 1 that car is not overkill, it is the wrong car. You can't drive the kids home, pick up groceries and in NYC you'll get stuck on a speed bump or a pot hole within three or four blocks.

                          My point is, is the Robot Coupe like the Formula 1 or is it just a much better machine than home cooks really need BUT still the best food processor for a home cook?

                          1. re: hambone

                            <My point is, is the Robot Coupe like the Formula 1 or is it just a much better machine than home cooks really need BUT still the best food processor for a home cook?>

                            That is an excellent point and you have pretty much hit the nail with this one. My original analogy was off, and you are correct. It is your latter suggestion:

                            better machine than home cooks really need BUT still the best

                            A Robot Coupe (aside from the price tag and the size) is a better machine for home cooks as well for professional.

                            Maybe a better example is a $100 Chosera sharpening stone vs a $20 sharpening stone. A $100 Chosera sharpening stone will yield better or equal result as a $20 sharpening stone. Is it worth the extra cost? Who knows.

                            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                              I think the fair follow up from the peanut gallery (me) might then be, 1. is there a second best which is worth noting (per original post) and 2. considering the needs of most chowhound home cooks, which food processor offers the best value (for arguments sake: value = cost/utility)

                              1. re: hambone

                                Yes, still hoping for a second choice.
                                Something for home user who likes quality.
                                Easy to clean and use.
                                Dishwasher safe.

                                Under $500

                                1. re: Sneef

                                  An OLD Cuisinart, from the Robot Coupe era, on eBay should be just the thing for you.

                                  1. re: greygarious

                                    So this was made by Robot Coupe, for Cuisinart?

                                    1. re: greygarious

                                      Would blades from a DLC 7 fit onto a DLC 10?

                                      1. re: Sneef

                                        No, they wouldn't. The blades are proportionately sized for the different work bowls.

                                      2. re: greygarious

                                        If i purchace an old Cuisinart from the Robot Coupe era... do i need to worry that the plastics are not BPA free?

                                        Anyone got any data?

                                        1. re: Sneef

                                          Well i answered my own question.

                                          The Cuisinart DLC-10 which was Made in Japan, the one with Amber plastics, is NOT BPA-Free.

                                          One could buy an entire set of BPA Free replacement bowls/lid/pusher... but that is another $100.

                                          I think a Magimix by Robot Coupe will do me just fine, i think a 4200 should get me sorted out.

                                          1. re: Sneef

                                            The Magimix sounds perfect. I have a DLC-7 Cuisinart which I love... but honestly, I am dying to get a dicing food processor. I may not be far behind!